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Texas Border Patrol Agent Accused of “Serial Killing Spree” in Laredo

Texas Border Patrol Agent Accused of “Serial Killing Spree” in Laredo

Juan David Ortiz, an intel supervisor for the Border Patrol, has been accused of killing four women, including one transgender woman. By Marissa Evans and Julián Aguilar, The Texas Tribune Editor’s note: this story has been updated throughout A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been accused of going on a nearly two-week-long “serial killing spree”

Valdez Agrees to Debate Abbott on Sept. 28 in Austin

By Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune Lupe Valdez, the Democratic candidate for governor, has agreed to debate the Republican incumbent, Greg Abbott, on Sept. 28 in Austin, ending weeks of uncertainty over whether the two would face off. Earlier this summer, Abbott announced his RSVP for the Austin debate, which is being hosted by Nexstar

Texas Attorney General Demands School District Hand Over Controversial Human Sexuality Curriculum

By Aliyya Swaby, The Texas Tribune June 28, 2018 Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a letter to Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent Scribner on Thursday evening demanding he hand over a copy of the district’s controversial sixth-grade human sexuality curriculum, which includes lessons about gender identity and sexual orientation. Paxton claimed in the letter that

Lupe Valdez Becomes First Openly Gay and First Latina Candidate to Win a Major Party Nomination for Texas Governor

By Patrick Svitek and Brandon Formby The Texas Tribune, May 22, 2018 After a tight race throughout much of the evening Tuesday, Lupe Valdez pulled ahead late to comfortably defeat Andrew White in the Democratic runoff for governor, according to unofficial returns. Valdez goes into the November general election as the first openly lesbian and

How the “Bathroom Bill” Helped Push a Republican PAC to Spend Millions on Moderates in Texas

By Cassandra Pollock, The Texas Tribune May 16, 2018 In September, the Texas Capitol was finally starting to calm down. A couple of contentious legislative sessions had pitted the Legislature’s Republican centrists against hard-line conservatives, largely over measures regulating which restrooms transgender Texans could use. Members had returned to their districts, almost certain the “bathroom

Lupe Valdez agrees to debate Andrew White on May 11 in Austin

By Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune May 2, 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez has accepted an invitation to debate her runoff opponent, Andrew White, on May 11 in Austin, according to her campaign. White, who was the runner-up in the March primary, has been pushing to debate Valdez since the beginning of the runoff. Up

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